Life as a Grown Up

Anders Gustafsson, Denmark, 2017

75 min.DK/Documentary

Xenia and Mathias are both 23 years old. The couple lives in Bagsværd, a suburb to Copenhagen, and now they are expecting their first child. They are excited, but everyday life will soon take its toll on them.
Both Xenia and Mathias come from dysfunctional families and suffered severe neglect. They both had to grow up too fast, so what kind of parents will they be? They are intent on breaking the cycle of neglect, but they are up against a heavy load of baggage. For one they find it difficult to organise and clean their home. So when Xenia goes into labour prematurely at 24 weeks, and gives birth to a tiny boy, everything intensifies further. On top of multiple hospitalisations, incubators, and fear, the young couple feels under scrutiny by the social services, who is following their every attempt to become “real adults.” Xenia and Mathias just want a normal, harmonious life, but instead they have to battle the authorities, bad habits and a general lack of ability to complete even the most basic of tasks such as food shopping and cleaning.
Basic information Credits
Original title Rigtig voksen
Danish title Rigtig voksen
Keywords Denmark, Young people, Parents, Family life, 2010-2019
Director Anders Gustafsson
Screenplay Anders Gustafsson
Producer Helle Faber
Director of Photography Anders Gustafsson, Anders Löfstedt
Editor Rebekka Lønqvist
Composer Sune Køter Kølster
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
Online release 22.05.2017, Filmcentralen
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Made in Copenhagen
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Anders Gustafsson


Screenplay Anders Gustafsson


Producer Helle Faber
Production manager Luna Jansen


Cinematographer Anders Gustafsson
Cinematographer Anders Löfstedt


Editor Rebekka Lønqvist


Composer Sune Køter Kølster


Sound Sune Kaarsberg

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